Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Menlo Park, backs Atherton's plans to evaluate the costs and benefits of services provided to the town's property owners by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District, according a letter Ms. Eshoo sent Oct. 27 to Atherton Mayor Elizabeth Lewis.
In the letter, Rep. Eshoo said she supports the town's efforts "to examine what services the Town receives, and what the Town pays for those services, including the Fire District."
While Rep. Eshoo wrote that she is "a longtime supporter and advocate of our first responders locally and nationally," she called the town's proposed study "a prudent undertaking."
"Our mutual constituents, through their elected officials should be able to have any and all information as to how their tax dollars are spent and what they receive for them," she wrote.
The letter says that she finds it "fully appropriate" for not only Atherton, but also Menlo Park, East Palo Alto and San Mateo County "to either jointly or separately" study the fire district's revenues, services provided and costs.
The letter also urges civility. "I'm exceedingly proud of the high level of civility that is the hallmark of our congressional district, and I trust that as you and others work with the Fire district to obtain the information requested of them, that all parties will uphold this great tradition."